Members of the NACHC executive committee traveled to Colorado Springs to celebrate the opening of the new NACHC headquarters.
COLORADO SPRINGS — USA Team Handball today announced that the North America & Caribbean Handball Confederation (NACHC) headquarters will officially be located in Colorado Springs, sharing the space with USA Team Handball’s office.
Located on the Penrose House property near the Broadmoor Hotel, the office is the first Olympic Sport Confederation headquarters to be located in Colorado Springs.
“We couldn’t be happier to bring the NACHC here to Olympic City USA. There is no better place to grow handball in the United States, as well as across North America and the Caribbean”, said USA Team Handball CEO, Barry Siff. “I’m very excited to have this office in Colorado Springs as we continue in our journey to make handball America’s next great sport. This is an important step in growing our sport in this part of the world.”
Along with Hassan Moustafa, president of the International Handball Federation (IHF), and Jean Brihault, U.S. delegate to the IHF, members of the NACHC executive committee traveled to Colorado Springs on Friday, October 25 to celebrate the opening of the confederation’s headquarters.
“When the NACHC was recognized earlier this year, we saw it as a tremendous approach to better support handball in countries desiring to be on the world handball stage,” said Dr. Moustafa. “This headquarters in beautiful Colorado Springs in conjunction with other continental projects is a major step in making dreams become reality.”
During their time in Colorado, attendees convened for board meetings led by NACHC president Mario Garcia de la Torre, visited the new office and participated in a welcome ceremony at the Olympic & Paralympic Training Center with U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland and Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers in attendance. Both Hirshland and Suthers provided a warm welcome to the confederation.
“I am honored to help welcome a new milestone for Olympic City USA. For the first time ever, we are here to welcome an Olympic Sport Confederation to our great city,” Suthers said. “We are proud to be part of the effort in growing the sport of handball and supporting our North American and Caribbean neighbors on the international stage. Welcome to your new home.”
Sarah Hirshland shared her memory of meeting the men's national team at the Pan American Games in Lima, where they explained the sport to her while watching handball.
"This is our home, it’s the heart of our Movement and it’s the heart of our athletes here in Colorado Springs. We’re incredibly proud as a community to support Olympic and Paralympic sport in this area," Hirshland said. "It’s our great privilege and great honor to welcome you to our home as an extension of the handball community. Not every day do we get to welcome members of the international sport community to our home, so I hope that you and your athletes will feel very welcome here as a part of our family."
About USA Team Handball: USA Team Handball (USATH) is the U.S. National Governing Body for the Olympic discipline of Team Handball, and is responsible for the development of grassroots programs, preparation of national teams for international competition - including the Pan American and Olympic Games - as well as the day-to-day oversight of the sport of team handball in the United States. The mission of USATH is to develop, promote, educate and grow the sport of team handball at all levels domestically, and to enable U.S. athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence to win medals in international and Olympic competition. USATH is a member of the International Handball Federation, the North American and Caribbean Handball Confederation, and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, and is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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